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Today, we dish on one of the oldest tricks in the book when it comes to natural beauty and health regimens – castor oil. You have probably heard an old-timer suggest that you use castor oil to fix a number of minor ills, or tell an anecdote about how they used it in the old days to refine and preserve youth and beauty. Now, you can learn the facts about this oil outside of the buzz, and learn how to use it properly.
Native to Africa and India, castor oil is extracted from the castor bean by way of harvesting and pressing the beans. The oil is then distributed and sold at different kinds of vendors worldwide. Rich in vitamin E, minerals, proteins, and fatty acids, castor oil provides some top-notch nourishment for both your skin and hair.
Massage a diluted mixture of castor oil into your hair and scalp to provide a high level of nutrition needed by all hair types, and growth stimulation for those who experience fallout or thinning. Mix a small portion of castor oil (depending on hair length and thickness) with a portion of another, lighter oil such as coconut oil or olive oil twice the size of the portion of castor oil. Castor oil may prove difficult to wash out, so give yourself some time to experiment and repeat your wash routine after using.
As a stimulant, castor oil encourages better circulation – especially to the surface of the skin. This means that it ensures healthy circulation to your scalp to increase hair growth and nourishment. It also contains omega-6 fatty acids, which promote healthy hair growth through outward nourishment. Your strands will become stronger, and less prone to split ends as well. If you struggle with thinning eyebrows and eyelashes, then you could benefit from smearing some oil on them as well.
Castor oil can help with a lot of skin problems that many people experience, whether it is a fungus, acne, or a wrinkle. You can use castor oil as either a spot treatment on affected areas by dabbing a little bit onto the pimple, sunspot, or irritated spot. Or you can spread a coating over your face for a beneficial nighttime moisturizer that nourishes while you sleep. Then, you can simply wake up, wash your face clean, and go in the morning.
Castor oil has impressive anti-fungal properties that can work to get rid of conditions like athlete’s foot and ringworm. This is due to naturally occurring undecylenic acid inside of the oil. Its other antimicrobial properties, such as ricinoleic acid, help keep acne at bay by preventing the growth of bacteria. This makes it highly effective for managing pimples, whether all over the face or just a few bumps.
People with mature or aging skin can also benefit as well. The omega-3 fatty acids available in the content can heal damaged complexions due to years of exposure. These fatty acids will make dark spots appear more even and blended into the surrounding tone, plump up wrinkles, and regenerate the appearance of scars. The consistent use of this oil will enhance collagen production, which helps fill in the wrinkles.
Face naturals likes to look to the past for solutions in the future. That is why we encourage you to add castor oil to your daily beauty or skin-care routine. Whether you are a teenager dealing with acne, a woman who wishes to get the best for her hair, or an elderly individual who wants to recapture youth the natural way, castor oil may the old trick that helps you find a new you.
Contact us to see what our organic products can do for you as well. We artisan-craft naturally organic formulas made from healing botanicals to supplement your skin with a glow that comes as natural as your first language. Check our web store, and discover what face naturals can do for you. For more cool blog posts about hot health topics, check out our blog for updates.
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